Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Helen Escobedo, Summer Fields, 2008
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.

Changing exhibitions and projects are sited in 500 acres of historic gardens and parkland, five indoor galleries and an award-winning visitor centre.

This stunning setting brings together art and nature for everyone to discover and enjoy.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Summer: 10am-6pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-5pm.

Winter: 10am-5pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-4pm.

Closed: 24+25 December

Admission charges

Admission free / Parking charges apply
YSP is a charity. Your parking fee supports everything we do.

Additional info

Mobility Scooters are available on free loan. Call 01924 832631 to reserve a scooter.

YSP has eight distinct outdoor 'gallery' spaces located in the 500 acre Bretton Estate. Designed in the 18th and 19th centuries, this varied landscape is a rich environment for some of the best modern and contemporary sculpture created by international artists. YSP presents changing special exhibitions and individual works by eminent artists all year round, so there are always at least 40 sculptures on display in the landscape.

Temporary indoor exhibitions take place in the Underground Gallery, Bothy Gallery, Garden Gallery and Longside Gallery.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Henry Moore
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Anthony Caro
  • Elisabeth Frink
  • Sol LeWitt
  • Antony Gormley
  • Sophie Ryder
  • Winter and Horbelt
  • Andy Goldsworthy
  • James Turrell
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Bill Viola

Bill Viola

  • 10 October 2015 — 10 April 2016 *on now

The immersive exhibition in YSP’s Chapel and Underground Gallery features work from across Viola’s career. Considering the universal themes of life, death, love and spirituality, Viola examines facets of the human condition, holding a starkly intimate mirror to our strength, our fragility, and the impulses and inevitabilities that unite us, giving tangible visual form to abstract psychological and metaphysical experiences.

The Underground Gallery is reconfigured to create a controlled experience where visitors pass from room to room to experience both intimate and dramatic works. Reflecting Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s audience, the works echo changing concerns across generations so that in this space people can find and share common experience. Inside the 18th century chapel, visitors see The Tristan Project – Fire Woman and Tristan's Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall) (2005), drawing on the ancient story of lovers gripped by a passion that is blind to duty, honour and social obligation and which can only be consummated beyond the grave. In these two works, water and fire come together in a purifying and transformative conflagration. Within the chapel grounds, Viola shows a film work outdoors for the first time. The artist has reconfigured his birthing film, Sanctuary (1989), an extraordinarily raw work, which accrues even greater depth and resonance in the context of the chapel and its fertile garden.

The walk from the chapel, across the Country Park, towards and through the linear Underground Gallery, emphasises the act of journeying and discovery. In addition, the physical nature of YSP enables us to draw out the importance of the natural world in Viola’s work. The exhibition is designed to be a sensory experience with space to pause and make time to reflect, so enabling an emotional or even transformational engagement.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/bill-viola

Jonny Hannah

Jonny Hannah

  • 14 November 2015 — 28 February 2016 *on now

In 2015, Jonny Hannah brings his vibrant and witty linocuts, screen prints, and works on wood to YSP for a major exhibition, inspired by the artist’s parents’ hometown of Kirkconnell.

Born in Dunfermline, Hannah studied illustration at Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art. Since graduation in 1998, Hannah has been working both as a commercial designer and illustrator for clients including The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and English National Opera, and as a printmaker, creating wonderful screen printed books, posters and prints for his own Cakes & Ale Press.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/jonny-hannah

KAWS

  • 6 February — 12 June 2016 *on now

This is the first UK museum exhibition of work by the renowned American artist KAWS, whose wide ranging practice includes painting, sculpture, graphic design, toys and prints.

The expansive Longside Gallery features the artist’s large, bright, graphic canvases immaculately rendered in acrylic paint, alongside towering sculptures in fibreglass and wood. The historically designed landscape of YSP becomes home to a series of monumental and imposing sculptures in KAWS’s trademark style – nostalgic characters in the process of growing up.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/kaws

At Home: Curated from the Arts Council Collection by Yorkshire Sculpture Park

  • 19 March — 5 June 2016

At Home in the Bothy Gallery highlights works of domestic scale from the Arts Council Collection within the historic Bothy Gallery, which was formerly home to the Bretton Estate head gardener. Home is understood as a dwelling place but of course it is far more than that, being a retreat, a territory or a collection of memories.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/at-home-curated-from-the-arts-council-collection-by-yorkshire-sculpture-park

Not Vital

  • 21 May 2016 — 2 January 2017

Internationally renowned as a leading sculptor, this is Not Vital’s first major exhibition in the UK.

With studios in the tiny Swiss village of Sent and Beijing, China, as well as homes in Rio de Janeiro and Niger, the exhibition reflects Vital's nomadic and diverse practice, including paintings and works on paper, indoor pieces made from plaster, silver, gold, marble, glass and coal, and outdoor sculptures in stainless steel and bronze.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/not-vital

An exhibition from the Arts Council Collection selected by Ryan Gander

  • 16 June — 16 October 2016

This major new Hayward Touring exhibition from the Arts Council Collection has been selected by the leading British artist, Ryan Gander. Born in Chester in 1976 and based in London and Suffolk, Gander has achieved international recognition for a prolific and diverse body of work embracing a vast range of media, from sculpture and installation, to books and games, the creation of a unique range of sportswear and even an attempt to introduce a new word.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/an-exhibition-from-the-arts-council-collection-selected-by-ryan-gander

Editions and Objects: Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents St. Judes

  • 25 June — 30 October 2016

In a joint exhibition with St Jude’s, YSP presents a unique group exhibition featuring the work of 16 UK-based artists, some showing at the Park for the first time.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/editions-and-objects-yorkshire-sculpture-park-presents-st-judes

Transparency: Curated from the Arts Council Collection

  • 25 June — 4 September 2016

Taking the exceptional light qualities of the historic Chapel as inspiration, this exhibition explores the condition of transparency and in so doing responds to the particular aesthetic of the 18th-century building.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/transparency-curated-from-the-arts-council-collection-by-yorkshire-sculpture-park

Angela Harding: Flights of Memory

  • 12 November 2016 — 26 February 2017

Angela Harding is an established painter and printmaker who works from her rural studio in Wing, Rutland. Recurring inspirations are the changing seasons and the flora and fauna of the British countryside, from which her work expresses the mood and atmosphere of the landscape. Harding principally works in block print, combining vinyl or lino with layered coloured silkscreen, which gives a strong graphic emphasis to the work.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/exhibitions/angela-harding-flights-of-memory

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Family sculpture workshop

Family Sculpture Workshop: Big and Small

  • 9 — 17 February 2016

Size and scale are important considerations when an artist makes a sculpture. In this family workshop, you will make small individual sculptures out of wood, clay and plaster, imagining them as huge, monumental works. You can then place your sculpture against different backdrops to compare how it looks in a city setting, a rural landscape or even on another planet. Just bring your imagination and conjure up your own world.

Suitable for age 6+, children must be accompanied by an adult
Each workshop will last approximately two hours.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-sculpture-workshop-big-and-small

Family sculpture workshop

Family Sculpture Workshop: Come Rain, Come Shine

  • 13 February — 25 June 2016

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture-making where families can build sculptures inspired by the four elements – earth, air, fire and water.

Will you make an underwater world or a fire breathing dragon? Create with branches, stones, and any other found materials. Always outdoors, Come Rain, Come Shine is about playful making in the fresh air.

All materials provided
Each session will last approx. 1hr
We will be building outdoors so please wear sturdy footwear, appropriate outdoor clothing and sun protection, if needed
Suitable for all the family
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Please meet at the Learning Tent behind YSP Learning

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00
Concessions £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-sculpture-workshop-come-rain-come-shine

Jonny Hannah

Step Inside: An Experts Guide to Main Street with Jonny Hannah

  • 28 February 2016 1:30-2:30pm

Hear Jonny Hannah discuss his influences and inspiration for his YSP exhibition, along with a thousand other things including: his new book Fast Cars & Ukuleles; the French poet Arthur Rimbaud; French film director Jacques Tourneur; and his love of shoes. He will also show film clips, play some music and may even read you a poem or two.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£10

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/step-inside-an-experts-guide-to-main-street-with-jonny-hannah

KAWS Sculpture, ACCOMPLICE, 2010.

KAWS Family Sculpture Workshop: Toy Factory

  • 30 March 2016 From 10:30am, From 1:30pm
  • 31 March 2016 From 10:30am, From 1:30pm

Take inspiration from sculptures by KAWS and create your own altered toy figures from plaster casts and soft materials.
Each workshop will last approximately two hours.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £3.00
Children £3.00

Website

http://www.ysp.co.uk/events/family-sculpture-workshop-toy-factory

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Heritage Tours

Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s new team of Heritage Volunteers will be leading free, guided heritage tours around the YSP landscape at weekends from February. Tours will take visitors from the YSP Visitor Centre, into the fascinating, historical landscape, and will explore the stories that have defined the area over the last one thousand years.

Creator

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

How to obtain

Tours are free and start at 2:00pm on the Visitor Centre concourse

Artist-led group activities

Over many years YSP has organised and developed a range of artist-led activities aimed at providing an enhanced focus and stimulus for visiting pupils and students. Activities are available for groups of all ages and abilities and include; workshop/study days, guided tours, slide talks and lectures, and Inset/professional training days. All activities can provide a general introduction to sculpture or can be tailored to meet individual group interests.

How to obtain

All visits must be booked with YSP Education. For visits for artist-led activities please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. For further information on activities, costs, and availability please contact Education on 01924 830642.

Education Resource Packs

In addition to free information, YSP Education offers Resource packs to assist teachers and groups leaders in planning visits to YSP or for work in school. The Education Resource Pack (£10+VAT) includes supporting material exploring the outdoor collection, Access Sculpture Trail and other areas. The Curriculum Resource Pack (£5+VAT) provides support for QCA guidelines which can be used for long-distance learning and work in schools as well as for visits to YSP.

How to obtain

For free information or to order Education resource pack please contact Education on 01924 830642

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
Wakefield
West Yorkshire
WF4 4LG
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

www.ysp.co.uk

E-mail

General

info@ysp.co.uk

Learning

learning@ysp.co.uk

Press/Marketing

comms@ysp.co.uk

Telephone

Visitor Centre

01924 832631

Learning & Community

01924 832528

Fax

Administration

01924 832600

Learning

01924 832601

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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